Cucumbers in Sour Cream: Refreshing Low Carb Side Dish

Cucumbers in sour cream has been a favorite side dish for me since I was little. I love the mixture as is or (even better) in a sandwich. Of course, that was in my non-lowcarb days!

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This year we planted a vegetable garden for the first time in a very long time. We had a flood several years ago and the flood water was six feet or more in some places. It laid down a thick layer of silt which was hard to work with. Shortly after that I started working and my time became non-existent. My husband either took pity on me or he was tired of hearing me complain about not having a garden and he built me beautiful raised beds and had good soil delivered to fill them with.

My cucumbers are doing OK – I don’t have enough to pickle anything but I do have enough to make my beloved cucumbers in sour cream.

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My mom always made it with sour cream and sugar with just enough vinegar to give it some bite. The trick to the flavor is letting the cucumbers marinate in the mixture for several hours – even overnight. The other tip is to put plenty of cracked black pepper on them.

Cucumbers are pretty low carb. One cup has 3.8 carbs and just 16 calories but it has a significant amount of vitamin C and iron. When I am using homegrown cucumbers I’ll leave the skin on but if you are getting them from the store, especially if the skin in waxy, peel them. Sometimes, especially when it gets really hot and dry, the skin gets bitter and you’ll want to peel them then, too.

Red onion is great in this but I like to use mild 1040s or Vidalias. I like the visual coolness of the creamy white and green colors without and pops of bright color. The cooling texture and refreshing flavor is perfect with grilled meats or anything spicy. I’ll tell you – I love cucumbers in sour cream alone just as a quick light lunch or dinner on those 110F days we get here in Texas.

Slice the cucumbers on the thin side but not paper thin. You don’t want them to disintegrate in the sour cream – just get yummier.

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Cucumbers in Sour Cream: Refreshing Low Carb Side Dish for Summer

A cool, creamy side dish that is fabulous with grilled meats. Cucumbers, onions, and sour cream are the main ingredients and you can throw it together quickly. Just be sure to make it at least 4 hours ahead of time! Add a little fresh dill or basil if you like. This is sure to be a summertime favorite.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Katherine Peters


  • 4 cups sliced cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup or so sliced onions
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream check for added ingredients Daisy is one good brand
  • 1 tablespoon Xylitol or stevia to taste
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Heavy cream as needed to thin the sour cream mixture


  • In a large bowl, whisk sour cream, vinegar, sugar and pepper until blended.
  • Add cucumbers and onion.
  • Mix gently.
  • Add a little cream if the sour cream mixture seems to thick.
  • Cover tightly and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

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Last Updated 12/11/2020

10 Responses to “Cucumbers in Sour Cream: Refreshing Low Carb Side Dish”

  1. Sour cream quantity? (Thanks for the recipe: love cukes this way!)

    • Oops! Sorry! 3/4 cup

  2. I’m making your latest – the cuke’s in sour cream-today. Only, I’m using Lala Crema Mexicana instead of sour cream. I like it better bc less ‘tart’ to me. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Then go easy on the sweetener.. and be sure to let it marinate! Longer is better

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  7. I always salted the cuke slices a bit to pull out the water….

    • Yep. My mom did it that way but I usually don’t take the time.

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